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Excerpt from the book EDEN
She started, her eyes flaring wide. The noise she heard echoed up the corridor. With her nerve failing, she jumped to her feet, allowing the broken appliance to fall to the floor. She could already hear heavy footsteps pounding up the corridor as she dashed across to the lobby.
At the exit, she slipped in a puddle of animal blood and fell, sprawling, to the ground. She began to scramble out of the doorway on her stomach, but her ankles were seized and she was whipped backwards at speed.
She was abruptly released, but the momentum caused her to roll until she hit the opposite wall. She lowered her hands, which had instinctively risen to shield her head against the impact, and peered fearfully at her attacker.
His feet, bare and soiled, were planted wide apart, and his naked chest was rising and falling rapidly. He threw something and she covered her head again. The crushed bottle caught her on the back of the hand. She stifled a shocked cry, and peered through her fingers at the alien, her stomach rolling and twisting like waves.
He reeled off a string of words, and she flinched at the tone. He bent towards her and she tried to hide within the wall, but she was lifted by the front of her suit and hung, like a ragdoll, from his hands. Her chin began to tremble.
She was deflated; all fight had fled her body.
‘I’m sorry.’ Tears fell in an endless rush. ‘I thought you’d gone. I thought you were on Taurus. Th-that’s w-why I drank it.’
She was shaken roughly, her head rocking on her shoulders, and then dropped. The instant she hit the floor she curled into the foetal position, with her arms covering her head.
Her senses were acute to sound, and her brain nagged her to flee, but she remained motionless. The old, old trick: play dead. It was miraculous how prehistoric instincts had quickly reasserted their position in her life.
Finally, the bare feet walked away. But she remained in a curled ball, the dismembered animal her neighbour, and wondered if the quality of her life would be worth the struggle to survive.
unwilling experiment and was transported, with other criminals, to a
hostile planet. Full of mutiny, anger and a desire for revenge the
experiment was never going to be successful and Fly became the only
survivor when the craft crashed.
Then the human ship arrived — and Jenny.
With a malfunctioning spacecraft she was in for a fight for her
life, but her problems were only just beginning when her crewmates
abandon her on Eden.
Jenny’s on her own… or so she thinks.
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Eden is a stand-alone novel and it tells the story of Fly and Jenny’s developing relationship. It’s a story of survival, acceptance and love, of changing perspective and a need for companionship.It’s a story told from both Jenny and Fly’s viewpoints which will bring you a gritty reality in Jenny’s human fragilities and sci-fi from Fly’s very different culture.
Eden isn’t just a sci-fi romance, it’s a story of survival and acceptance. Check out the the reviews!
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The water droplets from the
waterfall sparkled against the clouds, making the lower part of the sky almost
seem effervescent.‘Wow,’ she said moving forward
for a better look.Shock caused her to stop.Below, standing on rocks
beneath the gushing waterfall was the alien.He was naked.His back was towards her, and
his long line of body was taut with muscle. He was washing his hair; tossing
the long mane over his shoulder.He raised his hands up towards
the pounding water and shouted something—it was the same noise she’d heard
before. It was a shout of exhilaration.He turned, his head rearing up
as if feeling her scrutiny.They stared at one another
until the alien raised a hand and beckoned her to join him.Jenny turned and ran back to
the buggy.Inside, she clutched the wheel
with both hands, her heart pounding with the same ferocity as the waterfall.‘Shit,’ she said. ‘Shit, shit,
shit.’As she sat, her heart rate
stabilising, the earlier thought came back to her. It could work. The alien had an opportunity to kill her not once but
several times now, and hadn’t.That meant he didn’t see her as
a threat.She pictured him under the
waterfall and the way he beckoned her to join him. He’d been mocking her.That meant he had rational
You sure about that?She pushed her scathing views
away. The idea, although dangerous, was her only hope and could work—if the alien had a balanced mind.
1. Renegades was actually inspired by the television show Firefly. The short-lived show was much different than other science fiction shows; it really broadened my traditional notions of science fiction and helped me think outside of the box to just combine the things I was interested in. I had always heard the advice to write the book you’d want to read, and Firefly really helped me do that. I wouldn’t call Renegades fanfiction because it takes place in a whole different universe with new characters, but the Firefly inspiration is definitely noticeable, if you’ve seen the show. (If you haven’t seen it, you should watch it immediately.)
2. I spent almost four months doing world creation and developing the characters before I even made an outline. I wanted to know every detail of the world and people I would be writing about. Once the outline was done, I wrote 1,000-1,500 words a day and finished the first draft in two months. Renegades wasn’t published until almost a year after that because I couldn’t stop editing.
3. I had originally named the protagonist Elena, but as I was doing my character development, I read the 50 Shades of Grey series, and one of the characters was named Elena, so I changed her name to Elora. Not only did I not like Elena’s character in 50 Shades of Grey, but since that series was so popular, I didn’t want any kind of association with it. In the end, I’m glad I went with Elora. It’s not a very common name, but still pronounceable, which was what I aimed for with all the character’s names.
4. Nigel is my least favorite character. I find him to be very needy, annoying, and immature. But I think his character is necessary for the book to unfold how I wanted it to. His skill set is obviously necessary, but for him to stick with Elora through everything, I felt like he had to be in love with her. His level of dedication had to be more than friendship.
5. I decided to forgo the traditional publishing route and self-publish Renegades mostly because I’m impatient. Querying agents and securing a publisher can take years, and I wanted my book available as soon as possible (and my mom wouldn’t quit asking me when she could read it). The actual writing, editing, and publishing part of self-publishing wasn’t as hard and time-consuming as I thought it would be. Marketing, on the other hand, takes up more time than expected.
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Sara Atherton Mason was raised in Somerville, Massachusetts, with an amazing immediate and extended family.
She attended Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, graduating with highest honors in Chemistry. She then graduated from the Florida State University College of Law with high honors.
She lives in the Florida with her toy poodle, Melvin, and clerks for a United States District Court Judge. She enjoys coffee, wine, sports, and science fiction television shows.
abilities. Thankfully, he befriends Armina Harp, a young and fiery member of
the Seraphim Corps. Armina detests James for being what she calls a push-over,
picking on him whenever she can. And likewise James finds Armina’s excessive
zeal very unattractive. If only she weren’t so attractive on the outside.
reasons unknown to James, the women of the Seraphim Corps aren’t allowed to
leave. As their story grows darker, James and Armina’s mutual dislike for each
other begins to evolve into something much different – Love.
we know or what we think we know. The
closer the science fiction world resembles the world outside my door, the bigger
the trip my imagination goes on because it challenges me to see all the things
I experience and take for granted everyday a little differently.
though he literally was my first love, but now that I’ve seen Looper, I’m on
alert with every weird-looking kid I see.
That’s the beauty of contemporary science fiction.
same sense of “Wait…am I seeing what I think I’m seeing or is it somehow
different now.” The series rests on a
fairly basic premise – there are a group of people who can see the future and
they are enslaved for that ability. The
challenge for me in developing this story was to give a credible answer to the
question of how and why. This is where
my research on genetics and paranormal behaviour kicked in, helping to give me
some “real world” anchors on which to build the overall mission, purpose and
dilemma of the story.
have a somewhat realistic limit to their powers for two reasons. First, I wanted readers to put themselves in
the position of the Seers and for that I needed to use more familiar
abilities. For example, humans do not
have the physical prerequisites for unassisted flight, but we have all
experienced some level of precognition (déjà vu, dreams that come true,
etc). Second, the fact that Seers are
fully human is critical to the story line and my ultimate goal/mission which
was to inspire each reader to question the limits of his or her own potential.
science fiction? Well, a lot depends on the needs and goals of the story you
are telling, but here are some questions/principles that I have found helpful
in guiding me to write the best science fiction thriller that I can.
What is your goal with the setting? Are you trying to “WOW” readers with a newly
imagined world or make them suspicious of the everyday? If it is the former, I would recommend not
limiting yourself by any research at first.
Let your imagination run away with you for awhile. Outline the sci-fi premises and then identify
what anchors you might need to help your reader understand the world you are
creating. James Cameron never really explained
how the floating mountains of Pandora work, but we did understand that bones
reinforced with carbon fiber made the Na’Vi hard to kill. If your goal is the latter,
then I think you start out by identifying the concepts/conventional wisdom or
paradigms you which to challenge. Make
sure you spell them out, so that you know exactly where you need to fill in the
logic between what is known and what you are proposing.
Don’t forget the details. If your story is set in the real world, try
to get the language and place right.
Google and other search engines make this easier. The last thing you
want to do is have a chase scene on a highway in the middle of Washington, DC when
there IS NO highway in the middle of Washington, DC. You don’t have to make it factual, but
plausibility is a good thing when you are nestling a sci-fi world right in the
middle of a real one. Try to control the
concepts and information that are up for grabs in the reader’s mind that way
they will be more likely to end up where you want to lead them.
Make sure your scientific conclusions are
flexible enough for your story. In developing
the genetic marker premise for Order of the Seers, I ran into a wall when doing
my initial research on DNA. I later
found a solution that can have a number of useful applications that I am expanding
on in the sequel. (Sorry to be vague
here, I’m just trying not to give anything away for current or future Order of
the Seers readers. )
digging. If you’re not a geneticist, the
research can be difficult to comprehend.
Don’t be afraid to approach a professor at your local university. Your ineptitude in understanding their field
of expertise will often endear them to you. For those of us who are easily
confused, this is a tried and true method for garnering sympathy, helpful explanations
and mini-lectures for which most people have to pay. The key here is to do enough research so that
it’s clear you are trying VERY hard to understand, you just need an expert to
connect the dots using very small words (and possibly a picture).
And last, but not least, have fun. If you are a sci-fi geek, like me, how cool
is it that you get to write in a genre you love? Don’t forget to take off your writer hat and
put on your reader hat. You are a sci-fi
aficionado too. Do you believe your story?
Is it cool to you? Ultimately,
some people won’t agree with your assessment of the story, but understanding
that you can’t please everyone is part of being an adult. Just keep in mind the reader that you do want
to reach and write for them and yourself.
far in researching the impossible. I
hope it was helpful to you. Live Long
in the palm of your hand?
and Lilith, are hunted by The Guild, a ruthless
world organization that seeks to capture and exploit Lilith’s unique ability as
a Seer to envision the future.
Akida escapes, and is drawn to Liam and Lilith.
intensifies, the Seers ban together with outlaws from the commune to fight back
against the organization that threatens their lives – setting off a chain of
events that will unleash the full power of the Seers and change everything we
know about the true potential that lies dormant in each of us.
the Power Within
Author Cerece Rennie Murphy
Rennie Murphy lives and writes just outside of her hometown, Washington, DC and
is currently working on the sequel to her first novel, Order of the Seers.
learn more about the author and her upcoming projects, visit her website at www.crmurphybooks.com.